Thursday, April 24, 2014

Looks Like No Movement from Mr. Boehner on CIR

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Boehner last month told donors at a Las Vegas fundraiser that he was "hellbent on getting this done this year,” referring to immigration legislation.
 The comment appears to run counter to recent public statements where Boehner has argued that conservative distrust of President Obama has made action on legislation nearly impossible.

But a spokesman for the Speaker said the quote does not reflect any change in position.
"Nothing has changed. As he's said many times, the Speaker believes step-by-step reform is important, but it won't happen until the president builds trust and demonstrates a commitment to the rule of law,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said.

The spokesman said he could neither confirm nor deny Boehner had made the “hellbent” comment.

So will Boehner continue to say "the right thing" depending on the audience until the next Presidential election comes around?

-The Hill


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New York Program Gets Public Defenders for Immigrants

In immigration court, there is generally no right to free legal counsel.  Many immigrants represent themselves and many people who shouldn't be getting deported are deported because of lack of counsel.

                                                     Photo: Courtesy of Huffington Post

New York is the first to experiment with a program that provides public defenders for immigrants.
Should immigration courts provide legal counsel for those who cannot afford it?

Source: LA Times